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Partners (1982) + The Whoopee Boys (1986; Legend Films DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: D/C-     Films: D



Two films that show how regressive Hollywood had become by the 1980s, two films involving duos that are and should be different are exactly the same in the infantilization department.  James Burrows’ Partners (1982) was one of the films that killed Ryan O’Neal’s career, playing a straight cop who must go undercover with a gay desk cop (a very wasted John Hurt) to find a killer.  More offensive than the underrated Crusing (1980) could ever be, it thrives on every bad and predictable homophobic stereotype to the very end of its 93 awful minutes.  I am no fan of La Cage Aux Folles or its overrated U.S. version The Birdcage, but this is worst of all, from the same writer, Francis Veber!


Two goofs (Michael O’Keefe of Caddyshack and Paul Rodriguez, whose career survived this mess) play two friends out to annoy Palm Beach, Florida to death in John Byrum’s extremely unfunny The Whoopee Boys (1986) with a script less funny than a whoopee cushion.  Dead on arrival, you can see why O’Keefe did not survive as a lead.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is soft on both discs, with substandard color and poor detail.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono in both cases is a little better, though still showing their age.  Both mixes are still flat.  There are no extras on Partners, but Whoopee has two trailers.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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